Saturday, January 26, 2008

Illustration Friday: Tales and Legends

Scritch, Scratch. The ghost of the Hairy Man still hangs from the trees; attempting to scare off drivers along his road. Left as a babe, raised by animals, he has been defending Brushy Creek for almost 200 years.

I was fascinated when I first moved to this area to see there was a Hairy Man road. And then I learned there was a Hairy Man Festival! This of course peaked my curiosity. I had to drive along this Hairy Man road, and it is indeed a spooky drive. The woods are thick and the wide spreading live oaks touch over the road. It has that feeling like you've stepped into storytime. But then Round Rock, TX is rooted in legend. The town takes its name from a relatively small rock in the middle of Brushy Creek that marked a safe passage across the water along the Chisholm trail. * The Hairy Man is said to be a child that was accidentally left behind in the 1800's. He became a hermit and would frighten passing stage coaches by hanging from the trees and letting his legs drag on the tops. He was killed either by being trampled by the horses or run over by one of the coaches. But they say you can still hear what sounds like scratching on the roof of your car.

* The Chisholm trail leading from Texas to Kansas is the most well known but there was also a Chisum Trail that went from Texas through New Mexico and up into Colorado. Growing up in New Mexico I'd heard of this trail. And given how complex it is to drive to my parents house from where I live now I couldn't imagine what the Chisum trail was doing in Round Rock. (Nor why all the streets were spelled Chisholm...)

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Illustration Friday: Plain

I had some conversations about Mustangs this week, so this came to mind when I saw the topic. I did this in watercolor--some things a computer just won't do.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Illustration Friday: Stitch

I spent years in Theatrical Costuming, many of them as a stitcher. So I've made a visual quilt with some of the projects I've worked on. The center panel is a rendering of myself working on a large petticoat that went under a Civil War era dress. The petticoat was nick named "The Giant Peach" because it had a peach colored silk over skirt. Several weeks ago my son was creating fortunes for fortune cookies (they aren't as easy to make as we were lead to believe...) and one of the fortunes was "In one of your dreams you will be chased by a giant peach." Just to be silly he asked if I'd ever had dreams like that and I told him "Yes I have." And then I showed him the photo of the petticoat.

Sunday, January 06, 2008

Illustration Friday: 100%

This weeks topic made me think about things that I'm making progress towards, but that I'm not 100% of the way there. I think in some things we never get to 100% and have to be content with our best. So a mandala and a pie graph merged in my head.